Gemma Fairclough

Fine Art, BA (Hons)

About me

I am a fine art sculptor and curator based in Lancashire. I have created sculptures out of recycled materials, plaster and most recently clay and have developed innovative new ways of using materials. I have also worked in the mediums of drawing and photography, and have learned develop black and white photographs. I draw inspiration from a wide range of sources, including architecture, nature and philosophy. I had the opportunity to work as an art department assistant on the University’s recreation of the lost Doctor Who episode, Mission to the Unknown which was developed in partnership with the BBC. In the future, I want to continue curating and take on projects in the heritage sector.

Inspiration for my sculptures came from a wide range of sources, including late 20th Century futuristic architecture, natural forms and Gaston Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space (1958). The forms of the sculptures are inspired by birds nests and rabbit warrens, and the conceptual elements of my work are inspired by Bachelard and architecture. The works are photographed in black and white in reference to the documentation of 20th Century futuristic architecture. By prompting the viewer to imagine living somewhere radically different, I hope my sculptures will invite the viewer to think outside of the human experience.

Keywords: art, sculpture, nature, fine art, black and white photography